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Kremlin, Nov. 26, 2015: President Vladimir Putin has been strikingly successful in his strategy of using conflicts to promote Russia’s interests on the international stage (source: dpa)

Russia’s two-pronged strategy in Syria may be too clever

Russia’s entry into Syria’s increasingly chaotic civil war surprised many, raising the question of why it would want to dive into an almost certain quagmire. As the risks of ‘mission creep’ pull more Russian soldiers in, amid rising casualties, costs and terror attacks, the benefits seem few. But a proper understanding of Russian interests shows how the Kremlin hop...
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